During the Fall of 2015 there were two events causing oil spills into the K’omoks Estuary. The October event was caused by a leaking residential oil tank which caused a major spill and the November event was caused by a plane crashing into the estuary. Project Watershed was concerned about the suitable and available equipment and communication protocol for these spill responses. These events were certainly a learning experience for the City of Courtenay and local environmental steward groups.
Project Watershed is now pleased to see that the City of Courtenay has added a spill response trailer to their Public Works Services. “The spill response trailer keeps the tools and supplies needed to deal with a spill neatly organized in one place, ready to use at a moment’s notice” as explained in the Comox Valley Echo July 26, 2015. For issues, please contact Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or after hours call 250-334-2947.